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Injecting - hepatitus c

Discussion in 'The euphoric body' started by channy00, Feb 18, 2010.

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  1. channy00

    channy00 Silver Member

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    hi, swim was wondering about hep c, my friend injects fet and smak and he has got hep c, and i was just wondering how you get it, example - if my friend used dirty needles and shared a spoon with someone, if none of them had hep c are they safe? is it the mixture of 2 peoples blood tht causes it, or do you have to share a needle with some one with hep c to catch it, plz help becuase swim is worried for her friends!
     
  2. Jasim

    Jasim Gold Member

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    Hepatitis C can be transmitted by sharing needles. It is possible that Hepatitis C can be transmitted from a used spoon. Direct contact with infected blood is the major risk factor.
     
  3. mechvirus

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    Jasim is correct, hepatitis C is passed through infected blood entering one's bloodstream. Even in tiny, trace amounts.

    When it comes to injecting, each piece of equipment contains risk if shared. This includes the needle, cooker, water, filter...

    In a study that was conducted in the downtown eastside of Vancouver, BC, tracking infection rates of people using injection drugs, it was found that the majority who tested newly positive during the study used their own rig each time - but shared other equipment for injecting.

    Your friend should not be sharing any of her works - not just for her friends' benefit, but for her own. It is possible to become re-infected with different, harder to treat strains of hepatitis C. As well, she should be concerned about other infections such as HIV and, if not vaccinated, hepatitis B.

    She should also be cautious not to share any snorting equipment or crack pipes, as they have been shown to transmit the virus also. And contrary to popular belief, hep B and C are not killed by bleach like HIV is.

    mechvirus added 24 Minutes and 14 Seconds later...

    Whoops - please read my "she"s and "her"s as "he"s and "him"s.
     
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    Hepatitis C is something like 10 times more communicable than HIV, and does not die on in the absense of water like HIV. It can survive for a week or so, even on a toothbrush that appears to be clean. It is transmitted via blood to blood contact. SWIM knows more about this nasty little virus than she'd care
     
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    SWIY is absolutely right. In fact, it can last for much longer, depending on conditions. A recent study has shown hepatitis C can survive up to 63 days in a syringe with a detachable needle.

    The rainbow trout needs to bump up her post numbers so that she can post links, but a discussion on the study can be found by Googling thebody.com, hepatitis C, and syringe.
     
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    Links can go bad. It's more preferred to copy the article content.

     
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